Textile manufacturers in the Philippines have been given a much-needed boost after officials released a circular requiring all government offices to use locally produced fabrics for their uniforms.

The Philippine Star reported that the circular directs all government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and other government-run facilities, including schools, military and police units, to use locally produced materials for their uniforms.

The move is intended to revive the country#;s struggling textile industry which has lost out to cheap imports. It is also likely to create dozens of new jobs as fabric producers prepare for the upturn in trade.

The paper adds that where there is no domestic fabric of the desired quality available, imported fabrics are permitted to be used.